House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson said today he would like to eliminate all limitations on government payments to farmers due to their size of payments or incomes.Let's do it! Each according to his needs, my eye! So what if current law allows you to receive subsidies if you make up to $750,000 a year from your farm. So what if 60% of farm payments already go to the largest commercial farms?
"I hope we can make changes so we don't have to have payment limits in the future," Peterson said after a hearing on the 2012 farm bill, where several witnesses criticized USDA's implementation of the 2008 farm bill's rules on payment limitation rules regarding corporations.
Peterson said that he is "all for" local foods and organic production and big farms "should be treated equally" with small farmers in getting payments. Noting that most of the food produced in the United States comes from the 300,000 to 350,000 biggest farms, Peterson said those operations still need a safety net.
My offer assumes, of course, that we also eliminate payment limits on social security payments, welfare payments and unemployment payments. Do we have a deal, Collin? Or is this another case of "caps for me but not for thee"? Agribusiness lackeys do seem to specialize in shamelessness, don't they?